Years later, when Mr. Clinton finally admitted “sexual relations” with Mrs. Flowers, Clinton staff had used stories collected from Mr. Palladino to brand her as a “bimbo” and “pathological liar”.
John Arthur Palladino was born on July 9, 1944. He graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1962. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in political science in 1968 and received his law degree from the university in 1975. Three years later he was admitted to the California bar received his private investigator license, records show.
Mr Palladino had already been hired as a private investigator by another well-known San Francisco resident, Hal Lipset, who hired Mr Palladino as a fur thief and worked undercover as part of a prison in Queens investigating drug trafficking and prisoner abuse, according to The Chronicle.
Mr Palladino told The Chronicle that based on his investigation and testimony of the grand jury, about 23 guards, undersheriffs and others were eventually charged.
It was “absolutely legal” for private investigators to mislead, Palladino told The Chronicle, as long as they did not present themselves as law enforcement officers or as representatives of the aim of the investigation.
As an ethical problem, however, he said it was “more delicate”.
Kim Green, the editor of Pursuit, a private investigative journalist, said Mr Palladino has not evoked feelings of neutrality, “especially in a profession that values privacy and behind-the-scenes maneuvers – some people in the investigative community can be quite skeptical versus PIs who become celebrities themselves. “
She added, “There’s no question that he made a name for himself in the field as part of this tradition of mythical Bay Area investigators who rejected the trench coat stereotype and modernized the profession.”